Well, while Carlos and I were toasting in 2010 with a glass--or two--of champagne, gay and lesbian couples in New Hampshire became the fifth state to recognize and perform same-sex marriages.
Welcome to the 21st century New Hampshire, maybe you could pass the word along to Maine, California, New York, and all those other backwards states when you see them.
So far, 39 couples had secured same-sex marriage licenses to use sometime in the new year. The state has been issuing the marriage licenses to LGBT couples since October 3, and, once a license is issued, couples have 90 days to tie the knot before it expires. Now, it may not sound like a lot, you know, 39 couples, but hey, it's New Hampshire, and there aren't a lot of folks up there anyway.
And, in my mind, 39 is better than none.
Governor John Lynch signed the gay marriage bill into law in June, just two years after he had signed a similar bill legalizing same-sex civil unions. With the gay marriage law in effect now, couples who were previously civil unionized [?] can apply for a new marriage license for the standard fee. LGBT couples who held civil unions can also apply for a conversion that would merge their civil union status into a marriage. But any New Hampshire civil union not converted by the end of 2010 will automatically change to a marriage on January 1, 2011.
like it or not, marriage is legal in New Hampshire. LGBT couples are part of America in New Hampshire. the Constitution speaks to us all.
In New Hampshire.